Category Archives: Recipes
I am still fighting this cold, I’m chasing after a 105 lb willful puppy, I’m buried by mortgage paperwork, and suddenly it’s time for the Super Bowl and the recipe exchange. So I had no choice but to pull out a classic recipe exchange, my favorite snacks, tortilla pinwheels. From 2012:
It’s that time again. Super Bowl Sunday, when you sit down to stuff your face with favorite snack foods, drink beer and watch the Super Bowl Commercials. I think there is some football in there somewhere.
You can’t go wrong with nachos – easy and easy to pile high with your favorites ingredients.
Here’s rather healthy (?) version: Black Bean and Corn Nachos, recipe here.
And I think Chili is always a crowd-pleaser, so a variety can be found here.
And for the animal lovers, Bixby puts down his tug ball long enough to update on his life to date.
I’ll never turn down nachos, or pizza for that matter, but when I was thinking about favorite party foods, tortilla pinwheels came up pretty quickly. So many things you can do with them. Four variations follow.
Now it’s your turn, what are you planning on making this Sunday and more importantly what beer are you serving? Who has the best recipe for hot wings, a football must have food?
Tonight’s featured recipes, a variety of flavors, but don’t let that limit you:
Basic Tortilla Pinwheels
- 1 (8 ounce) package whipped cream cheese
- 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup black olives, chopped (optional)
- 3/4 cup chopped ham slices
You spread the ingredients on the tortillas, roll them up and slice them into 1 inch pinwheels. Couldn’t get much easier.
So how do we add some dazzle? Flavored tortillas and a variety of fillings.
Here are some ideas I had:
Jalapeño & Cilantro Tortillas and Black Bean Tortillas
- Cream Cheese
- Pickled jalapenos
- Sliced green chilies
- Black olives
- Shredded cheddar cheese
Roasted Red Pepper Tortillas and Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Tortillas
- Cream cheese mixed with crushed roasted garlic
- Grated parmesan
Plain Tortillas and Whole Wheat Tortillas
- Cream cheese
- All-fruit style strawberry preserves
- Crushed red pepper flakes
The list is endless, limited only by your creativity.
That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll try and put something together for Valentine’s Day. – TaMara
I may be in trouble for calling this lasagna because no pasta is involved, it uses corn tortillas between layers of refried beans, salsa, beef, and cheese. Cook a pound of ground beef down with minced peppers and onions and season with taco spices and add a can of tomato bits with green chilies. Add chicken stock to a couple of cans of rinsed pinto beans and mash them down over medium heat. The beans play much the same role as ricotta in an Italian lasagna, spread the refried beans over warmed corn tacos, spoon on your favorite salsa, then spread the beef atop that, and then cheese. I used cheddar but Monterey jack would work, or a combination. Repeat the layering until you run out of room in your casserole. Any kind of luck your makings will run out the same time as the room in the dish.
We talked ourselves into making a batch of pocket pies and thought to go with baking instead of frying this time. We found a likely looking recipe over at Bon Appétit’s site. These are from frozen blackberries and we used the handy dandy gadget we have been using for Mrs J’s famous fried pies. These came out pretty well but they really wanted a nice sugar glaze rather than the sugar sprinkle we used.
Mrs J wanted sloppy joes for lunch but a quick look found us lacking buns that would work. I did a search for quick burger buns and this one jumped up. The recipe calls for a ton of yeast because it isn’t given much time to work, just a 10 minute rest after they are shaped and placed on a baking tray. My oven may be running a tad hot ever since I fiddled with the adjustment slider on the underside of the temperature dial. It had been a bit cooler than the setting indicated and I may have overshot. At any rate, with the temps set to 425 per the recipe they were looking like this at 9 minutes in so I pulled them.They felt a wee bit heavy and they were fairly dense but worked very well for the task. I think the next batch will get a little more time for a rise and a cooler oven, say at the 375 setting. The sloppy joe has a slice of muenster cheese, placed while still in the pan and then covered while it melted down into the beef. The beef recipe was my usual – sweat down onions and bell peppers, add garlic, toss in the beef to brown while dipping out grease and then adding bbq sauce, catsup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and whatever else catches my eye. I thickened this batch with cornstarch dissolved in stock but that is optional. Bonus pet blankets and beds! Mrs J has been busy as a beaver.
Cloudy and drizzly and chilly days make it easy to stay in and cook. Found some frozen shrimp and decided to do a gumbo.I started with about a half cup of flour and poured in oil until it looked like plenty. I’ve seen cooks make a very dry looking roux but I prefer to go with it about like this because I find it easier to keep stirred. A roux is usually defined by its color, this one is past the peanut butter stage and is well on the way to milk chocolate. Keep the temps low and you can get by without standing over it every second but it will take longer. This is about as dark as I care to take it but you can stay with it until it’s much darker if you want.You’ll want a nice stock for your gumbo. This one has an onion, a carrot, a rib of celery, one sliced lemon, parsley, peppercorns, sliced garlic, thyme, and the shells from the shrimp. There are about two quarts of water in it and it’ll simmer for an hour or so.
There are tons of gumbo recipes, with tomatoes and without, with okra or not, with other meats like sausage or chicken. They all have a roux in common, and the trinity of onions, green peppers, and celery in water or stock. Knock yourself out!
I saw this photo at another site and thought right away of TaMara’s new pup. I have no idea who this is or where it was taken but the scant info that accompanied the picture says that he is a wolf hybrid. This started out as an underexposed picture of a black kitty with interesting eyes. I played around in a photo editor until there was little left except for the eyes. I am easily amused.I had all those baked chicken thighs left over and a new-to-me pasta shape to try out so this dish made a lot of sense. The sauce is the chicken in a cheese sauce made with muenster and Parmesan. The broccoli works well in there, I think. The pasta is trottole, which means top – the spinning toy, not this side up. Feel free to correct me if that’s wrong in some way.Toby rests up atop the sofa in the front room. That spot is a fave of all our kittehs, especially when Kitteh Momma (Mrs J) is on it. There’s room for three or four up there but the practical limit seems to be two.Ginger takes his turn.
I have been fighting a cold this week and all I want is orange juice and homemade soup. So, of course, that’s the theme for tonight’s recipe exchange. Soups. And there are plenty on the blog, because both JeffreyW and I love soup. Just search on soups and you’ll come up with almost 300 entries.
Here are few selections:
Cream of Chicken Soup, click here.
From Joshua D (Yutsano), Cauliflower Beer Cheese Soup, click here.
From JeffreyW, three soups:
Vegetable Beef Soup, picture above and recipe here
Moroccan Spicy Lamb Soup, recipe here
Parmesan Potato Soup, with Bacon, click here
What’s cookin’ in your kitchen this weekend? What must have recipe gets you through cold season?
Tonight’s featured recipe takes very little effort, so you can have quick and easy homemade soup for a weeknight dinner or when feeling under the weather.
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 8 oz sliced carrots
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes (or equivalent fresh)
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 tsp oregano, crushed
- 1 tsp basil, crushed
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach, rough chopped
- 20 oz pkg frozen tortellini
- 4 oz grated Parmesan
Add all ingredients to saucepan, except spinach, tortellini & Parmesan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat & let simmer for 15 minutes. Add tortellini and bring to boil again, reduce heat, let simmer 10 minutes, add spinach and let simmer additional 5 minutes, until tortellini is tender. Serve with Parmesan garnish.
That’s it for this week. I’ll try and have a Bixby update later…he’s been sleeping a lot the last two days, so I’m thinking, growth spurt. – TaMara
This worked out nicely. I saw this recipe the other day after a search prompted by one of the foodie shows on TV. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the one I saw put together on the show but it looked really good. I made some minor changes but nothing radical.Dredge the chicken in seasoned flour and brown the pieces in oil. Set them aside and wipe the pan out, add more oil and cook some sliced onions down, then add sliced lemons, sliced garlic, chicken broth, and a little lemon juice with a few sprigs of rosemary and let it come to a simmer.Spoon the veggies into a baking pan and lay the chicken over the top, then pour the liquids over everything and place the tray into a preheated 400 degree oven. Baste every 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through, about 40 minutes in my oven. I turned the chicken over for the last 15 minutes and then back again before I took this shot.We had pearled couscous and Brussels sprouts to go with the chicken. The sprouts were sauteed in bacon fat with balsamic vinegar and more lemon juice. Pretty decent dinner.
I found some unlabeled sausages in the freezer and just assumed they were the store brand Italian sausages that I buy in bulk and repackage for freezing. Turns out they were bratwurst. They weren’t any worse for simmering an hour in the sauce but I did miss the nice fennel flavor I was set to enjoy.Bonus puppeh! Katie has made a home out of the corner in the library, with a able assist from Mrs J, of course.